Employees complete leadership training
Twenty OEC employees recently completed the Employee Development and Leadership Program, a program intended to motivate employees to develop a knowledge base of all facets of the co-op, not just the areas in which they work on a daily basis. Spanning two years, the program consisted of classroom courses, the reading of leadership and development books, job shadowing, volunteer work, touring other cooperatives, giving a presentation and more.
"I'm proud to see another dedicated group of employees not only finish this program, but help shape what it has become," said CEO Patrick Grace, whose vision for the cooperative led to the program's creation in 2014.
Seventy employees have either completed the program or are in the process of completing it — over 50 percent of OEC's workforce. The program helps participating employees become more well-rounded so they can better serve OEC's members.